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Iran blacklists EU, UK officials as it ups armed support for Russia

Iran's tit-for-tat measure marked the latest episode in its tensions with Western adversaries and coincided with fresh allegations of its military assistance to Russia in the war against Ukraine. 
Belgian Manon Vandecasteele sits blindfolded in a cell during a protest action for her uncle Olivier Vandecasteele, who is imprisoned in Iran, on the Grand-Place in Tournai on April 22, 2023. - Belgium on April 18, 2023 said it had formally asked Iran to repatriate jailed aid worker Olivier Vandecasteele from Tehran, after a disputed prisoner exchange treaty entered into force. Iran arrested Vandecasteele, 42, in February 2022 and sentenced him to 40 years for spying, in a move condemned as "hostage diploma

TEHRAN — Iran said it blacklisted nearly 20 individuals and entities in the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) after the two levied new packages of sanctions on the Islamic Republic on Monday.  

In a statement published on its website late on Monday, Iran's Foreign Ministry said those targeted in its list were supporting "terrorist groups" and had instigated "violence against the Iranian people." They were also accused of involvement in "economic terrorism" against Iran, a term Tehran uses in reference to financial sanctions and international banking restrictions as punitive measures mostly for its nuclear program and human rights violations.  

Iran's list covers a diverse range of EU and UK individuals, from former and sitting parliamentarians to senior management of arms companies and think tank leaders. 

Included among the EU individuals are French member of the European Parliament Ilana Cicurel and her Spanish colleague Antonio Lopez Isturiz White. The CEO of the Munich-based Kraus-Maffei Wegman Military Industries, Frank Haun has also been targeted.

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